Archive for October 11th, 2013

October 11, 2013

1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

eBay is a good location for a spot of restoration research: the seller usually posts numerous detail photos of the motorcycle which can be utilized as excellent reference for assembly or ideas for component setup.

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Here’s a cute yellow Cub that is in fairly complete trim. This has been listed with a nice selection of the needed views…

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Nice dull gray cases; a patina of oily rag polish.

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Bolt patterns, spacers; mounting brackets and cable routing. When parts come loose in a box this is essential information.

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Also its good to see the little beating heart in slumbering pose.

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The top end showing the arterial oil lines feeding the ready to go moving parts. You can nearly hear the ticking of the valves for this diminutive but doughty motor.

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Amal: any British vintage bike owner worth their salt gets to know the needles, screws and orifices of the fuel and air blender. More mounting details are exposed. Gas hose routed from the fuel tank to the carb itself.

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Oil feed comes from the small tank, a little peep of the oil hoses and exhaust.

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Controls now; throttle, clutch lever and bracing to the nice wide bars. Lemondrop tank tarts up the deal.

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Triple tree, headlight ears and handlebar mount clamps.

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Front and rear for the laced hoops of the wheels. Knobbly rubber to offer grip over tarmac and gravel. One of my next tasks is relacing, so seeing the spoke pattern is handy.

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As we’ve said before: the whole is greater than the parts.